A second WBBL03 super over-game in as many days ended in in victory for the Adelaide Strikers as they beat the Sydney Thunder at the Robertson Oval defending what looked a total that was shy of a winning score.
The Thunder got off to the perfect start as Samantha Bates only went for two runs from the first over and then Rene Farrell bowled Sophie Devine with the first ball of her spell.
Suzie Bates and Tahlia McGrath added 43 for the second wicket from 40 balls, before Mcgrath mistimed Maisy Gibson. Mcgrath was going well with 22 from 22 balls and when she departed it brought in Tammy Beaumont who never got going.
Beaumont was bowled by Belinda Vakarewa sweeping strikers were 77 for 3. That soon became 81 for 4 when Suzie Bates was stumped as she advanced down the pitch to Nicola Carey and with Rachel Priest up to the stumps wasn’t going to miss an easy stumping.
It was an important 21 not out from Bridget Patterson that got the Strikers to 114 for 5 from their 20 overs.
The Thunder started confidently as their opening batters of Priest and Rachael Haynes were 35 for 0 at the end of the powerplay. Priest was the first to depart on 22 as she chipped her international teammate Devine to her international captain at mid-wicket.
Haynes early form in the WBBL has deserted her of late, while still hitting the ball well was out two runs later when she was caught at long on.
It gave the Strikers a way back into the game, the run-rate was steadily rising as Alex Blackwell played the anchor role and Naomi Stalenberg was given the freedom to play the big shots.
Stalenberg skied Amanda Wellington and Suzie Bates at mid-off took the catch.
Carey joined Blackwell and together they started to bring the run-rate to a manageable rate and looked favourites. With five to win from seven balls, Blackwell punched Amanda Wellington’s last ball to long on and Devine took the catch.
It brought in Stafanie Taylor to the middle and Devine bowling the final over bowled a tight line with two to win from the last ball the batters scampered a bye as the ball trickled to the wicketkeeper Tegan McPharlin who could not hit the stumps.
It would mean a super over was needed to separate the two sides. Devine was again was the hero for the Strikers with the ball as the Thunder batters tried to hit the ball too hard and manage 6 for 1 from their over.
Devine then hit Farrell’s third ball for four to give the Strikers a simple win in the powerplay.
It was a win that takes the Strikers level on points with the Thunder at the top of the standings as the final places look to be taking shape.
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers 114 for 5 (Bates 40, Farrell 2 for 21)
Sydney Thunder 114 for 4 (Stalenberg 29, Wellington 2 for 21)
Sydney Thunder 6 for 1
Adelaide Strikers 7 for 0